November 24, 2020

New Preprint: “Serendipity in the Stacks: Libraries, Information Architecture, and the Problems of Accidental Discovery”

Now on the web.

The following article/essay scheduled for publication in the September 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries. It was approved for publication on December 15, 2014.

Title

Serendipity in the Stacks: Libraries, Information Architecture, and the Problems of Accidental Discovery

Author

Patrick L. Carr
East Carolina University

Source

C&RL Website

Abstract

Serendipity in the library stacks is generally regarded as a positive occurrence. While acknowledging its benefits, this essay draws on research in library science, information systems, and other fields to argue that, in two important respects, this form of discovery can be usefully framed as a problem. To make this argument, the essay examines serendipity both as the outcome of a process situated with in the information architecture of the stacks and as a user perception about that outcome.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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